VW senior manager faces prison for US emissions scandal

VW Executive Gets 7 Years In Prison In Emissions Cheating Scandal

VW Executive Gets 7 Years In Prison In Emissions Cheating Scandal

A former Volkswagen executive has been sentenced to seven years in jail and given a $400,000 (£300,000) fine after pleading guilty to helping the German carmaker cheat on diesel emissions tests.

Oliver Schmidt ― a German native who worked in the U.S.as Volkswagen's top emissions compliance manager ― had pleaded guilty in August to two charges in the case of Volkswagen altering its diesel cars to evade USA emission standards, reported The Detroit News.

But Michigan-based US District Judge Sean Cox sentenced Mr Schmidt to the maximum sentence proposed by prosecutors, who had already dropped some charges against Mr Schmidt in exchange for the guilty plea.

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A Volkswagen senior manager has been sentenced to seven years in a US prison for concealing software that was used to evade pollution limits on almost 600,000 diesel vehicles.

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Schmidt's lawyers argued that his role only heated up in 2015, years after others at VW hatched the scheme.

Schmidt read a written statement in court acknowledging his guilt and broke down when discussing his family's sacrifices on his behalf since his arrest in January.

Federal prosecutors also have charged eight other current or former Volkswagen executives. Although six other VW Group executives have been indicted, none are in USA custody.

Last week, Schmidt's attorneys made a last-minute bid requesting a lighter sentence for Schmidt: 40 months of supervised release and a $100,000 fine.

Volkswagen rebounded from the scandal during the past year. The company has said the improper software is on almost 11 million vehicles globally.

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Schmidt, 48, the second and most senior employee to plead guilty in the affair, is among seven current and former VW executives that United States prosecutors have charged so far.

Schmidt was the chief of Volkswagen's engineering and environmental office in MI.

He returned to Germany the same month, where he was told about the existence of the software.

Schmidt's plea for leniency apparently fell flat.

The auto industry is still feeling the repercussions of Volkswagen's diesel cheating.

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On Wednesday, German prosecutors said they had begun an initial inquiry into accusations by an environmental group that BMW AG is selling a vehicle that emits up to seven times the allowed levels of smog-forming nitrogen oxides.

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